Chevalier, by Mary Calmes
Sequel to Romanus
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Fireman Mason James thought finding out he is a Romanus—a rare class of gargoyle—would be the surprise of a lifetime, but he’s proven wrong when he discovers he is the son of a comte and goji nobility. But his newly discovered family doesn’t think his gargoyle lover, Luc, is good enough for a goji of Mason’s stature—how could a warrior ever be? But despite the Moreaus’ uncertainty and elitism, they are Mason’s only chance to unravel the mystery behind his mother’s death, find a solution for the class divide that might separate him from Luc, and discover what it truly means to be a Romanus.
I read and enjoyed Romanus and the unique take on shifters, so I was happy to see a sequel to it. Chevalier picks up where Romanus leaves off, and goes more into the gargoyle mythology, which was a big gaping hole in the first book.
This book was an enjoyable read, and at times a fun one. But it felt so superficial, like there was nothing beneath the surface to really latch onto, and left a dissatisfied feeling in my mouth by the end.
What I did like? The way Mason and Luc are clearly devoted to one another, and the way they protect and trust each other. I also really enjoyed the mythological aspects, and the way Mary ties her shifters into Christian mythology. It felt fresh, unlike other shifter stories.
What I didn’t like? The weird, abrupt characterizations. They way Mason supposedly forms bonds with characters after only talking to them once. They complete lack of antagonism– even when something bad happens to Mason, it’s hand-waved away in a few sentences and everyone promptly forgets about it. There was no tension, which made the book fall flat.
I don’t regret reading this, because I think it answered a lot of the questions I had after reading Romanus, but it was just an average novella that didn’t have emotional depth.
Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.
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